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degrees and oscar-winning make-up artist john chambers played by john goodman made up a sci-fi movie called orgo whose plot could be described as buck rogers meade the middle east. why the name argo? >> it was kind of a battle cry we used when things were going a little dicey. >> reporter: the code name for this c.i.a. caper came from an obscene knock-knock joke. knock knock, who's there? argo argo who? argo, you can figure out the rest. but argo had to be more than a punch line to a bad joke. it had to have all the trappings of real movie which is known in the spy business as back stop >> we have to admit some offices. if you go there or you call them up to answer the phone... >> reporter: you have an office in hollywood >> we decided to call it studio six productions because there's six of these guys and gals >> reporter: the six americans had gotten out of the embassy just before it was taken over by an angry crowd and were hiding out in the homes of canadian diplomats. lee schotts who worked for the u.s. as an agricultural attache was one of the sick >> we got so good at playing
ball. >> announcer: here comes john kenneth galbraith. >> osgood: covered by our own charles kuralt. >> reporter: the people have come from rome, hollywood, venice, paris, washington, san francisco, loaned. >> osgood: the party's purpose was good cheer and fellowship, to hear capote tell it. >> before the unhavocking anybody can dance with anybody they want to or talk to anybody they want to. it's a completely free thing. by the time the unmasking come, you made a lot of new friends. that was the point. >> osgood: truman capote never did publish another major work in his lifetime. the short pieces he did write offended some of his high society friends. by 1977 capote had become something of a recognizable cliche. mocked by woody allen in the film annie haul. >> the winner of the truman capote look-alike contest. >> reporter: turns out that was truman capote in an uncredited cameo. he fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drug addiction. as he freely admitted in a drunken appearance on a 1978 talk show. >> what's going to happen unless you lick this problem of drugs and alcohol?
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